We all have seen the news of the federal government shutdown that started yesterday. In the process of keeping up with the latest news on this including its effect on the military, I engaged in the following discussion last night on Twitter:
When I woke up this morning, I noticed that this discussion, particularly my comment, had gotten more likes and retweets than almost any post or comment I have ever made on Twitter. This encourages me, as I believe the reasons for this attention, in addition to simply being a comment on a hot-button issue on a post of a Senator responding to the President, is that, while the initial response to the Senator’s post was obviously factually in error, 1) my response corrected the error tactfully, and 2) the commenter then responsibly owned up to his error. This type of interaction runs counter to the back and forth vitriol we commonly see on social media (and too often in Congress itself) as it relates to politics. Hopefully, this can serve as a lesson to us all as we go forth in political commentary on social media, and is the type of dialogue I hope to foster going forward here on www.politicallypragmatic.com.